Arts After Hours: Garden to Table Winemaker’s Dinner
Fine art meets fine dining! Join us under the Rose Garden tent for an intimate evening complete with a three-course plated dinner, wine pairings from Peller Estates, winemaker guest speaker, and tours led by AGH docents, featuring some of the most iconic pieces from the Seeing The Invisible exhibit, and the Dan Lawrie International Sculpture Collection. Your ticket also includes access to all pieces not included in the tour.
This is a 19+ event.
Header image: Forget Me Not, Ori Gersht
$150 per person
- Prices subject to HST and Service Fees
- Pre-registration is required for this ticketed event.
- Tickets are non-refundable and final sale.
- After a purchase is complete, the tickets are the property of the ticket-holder, and RBG will be unable to accommodate any date or time changes.
- 6 to 6:30 p.m.: Cocktail Hour. Welcome by winemaker specialist, Craig McDonald, Andrew Peller Ltd.
- 6:30 to 7:10 p.m.: Exhibit Tours
- 7:15: Welcome from Executive Chef Dave Favretto
- 7:30 p.m.: Dinner begins
- 9 p.m.: Dinner concludes, explore at your leisure. Paid bar available.
- 11 p.m.: Event close
6 p.m. Served with a welcome glass of Peller Family Reserve Charmat Rosé Sparkling VQA
- Whipped Ricotta, Crostini (vegetarian/ GF options available)
- Lake Erie Pickerel Fish cake, Remoulade
- Sweet Corn and Butternut Squash Fritter, Cream Fraiche (GF, vegetarian)
- Zucchini Pilaf, Water Cress Pesto, Candied Walnut, Toasted Feta OR Fresh Cashew Ricotta (GF/vegan option available)
Selection upon registration.
- Pork Tenderloin, Caramelized Pear, Lemon Beet Puree, Pear Chips (GF)
- Sweet Potato Tostada, Black Bean Succotash, Avocado Mousse (GF/Vegan)
- White Chocolate Panna Cotta, Blueberry Gastrique, Pistachio Brittle, Brown Butter Powder (GF, vegan option available)
Note: Due to the nature of the event and integrity of the dishes there are no substitutions, and we may not be able to accommodate some dietary restrictions.
Winemaker Specialist: Craig McDonald
Professional Winemaker, Andrew Peller Ltd.
Australian born Craig McDonald’s talent in crafting premium wines has been honed over 28 vintages in a number of countries, including the U.S.A, Australia, New Zealand and Canada. He has devoted the last 20 vintages to creating award-winning VQA wines in Niagara, and was named Ontario Winemaker of the Year in 2008 and again in 2016.
Believing that winemaking starts in the vineyard, Craig looks to our fertile land to inspire and guide his “hands-on” winemaking style.
He says: “Being in tune with the vineyard and adapting to the specific growing season is fundamental to our winemaking. Only when we have attained this synchronicity can we then add our personal touch.”
While retaining Senior Winemaker responsibilities at Trius, McDonald also oversees winemaking activities at all wineries in the Peller family – Peller, Thirty Bench, Trius and Wayne Gretzky in Ontario and Black Hills, Calona, Grey Monk, Red Rooster, Sandhill and Tinhorn Creek in British Columbia.
About Arts After Hours
Looking for more? Explore the world of art in Hendrie Park through a variety of unique evening experiences. Tours, music, movie nights and workshops… there’s something for everyone! Get an exclusive look at Seeing The Invisible, grab a bite to eat, and celebrate art in all its forms!
Pricing and timing varies by event. See individual event listings for details.
Arts After Hours Summer Schedule
6 to 11 p.m.; see individual event itineraries
- Wednesday June 15: Natural Dyes Workshop
- Monday June 20: Garden to Table Winemaker's Dinner and Tour
- Monday June 27: Movie Night (La La Land)
- Wednesday July 6: Watercolour Paint-Along
- Wednesday July 13: Music in the Garden (Jack De Keyzer)
- Wednesday July 20: Garden to Table Winemaker's Dinner and Tour
- Wednesday July 27: Star Wars: The Force Awakens
- Wednesday August 3: Watercolour Paint-Along
- Wednesday August 10: Music in the Garden, Spencer Mackenzie
- Wednesday August 17: Garden to Table Winemaker's Dinner and Tour
- Friday August 26: Green Angels Family Movie Night Fundraiser (Encanto)
All proceeds from this event support RBG's Green Angels Subsidy Program
Seeing the Invisible
An Augmented Reality Art Exhibit
June 2 to August 31, 10 a.m. to 8 p.m.; Hendrie Park
Seeing the Invisible features new works by more than a dozen international artists including Ai Weiwei, Refik Anadol, El Anatsui, Mohammed Kazem, Sigalit Landau, Sarah Meyohas, Pamela Rosenkranz, and Timur Si-Qin—including several artists’ firsts works in AR.
Seeing the Invisible is generously supported by the Ontario Cultural Attractions Fund.
What is included in the ticket price?
Arrival / entry time
Guests are encouraged to arrive early during our regular operating hours to tour the Seeing The Invisible exhibit before making their way to the Rose Garden Tent for cocktail hour beginning at 6pm. Please have your tickets ready at the time of your arrival and to gain private access to the Rose Garden Tent.
A 19+ Event
Event attendees must be 19 years of age or older to attend. Please ensure you have a government-issued ID on your person during the event; anyone who does not present a valid ID upon request will be asked to leave.
This event is held rain or shine and is 100% outdoors, come prepared for the weather! RBG reserves the right to cancel a day due to inclement weather. If the event date is cancelled due to weather, a refund will be provided.
Pre-purchased tickets are required for this special event. When purchasing tickets, please ensure you select the appropriate date, as switching your tickets after purchase will not be possible. Tickets are final sale.
You will be required to present your pre-purchased tickets upon arrival, either printed out or digitally on your personal device. Each ticket will be scanned. The confirmation receipt is not a ticket. Your tickets were sent to you as an attachment in the confirmation e-mail you received after booking.
Seating will be assigned. Please expect to sit with other diners.
Effective May 5, visitors are no longer required to wear masks at Royal Botanical Gardens. Employees and volunteers will continue to wear a mask.
What do I do if I feel ill?
As part of our commitment and shared responsibility for the health and safety of our guests, staff and volunteers, we ask that guests perform a self assessment to help reduce the spread of COVID – 19 prior to your visit.
Should you feel ill please stay home and contact your health care provider. Your tickets can be transferred to other family members or friends (no transfer fee required).
Directions and parking
This event is held at Hendrie Park, located at 680 Plains Road W., Burlington ON. Parking is included in the ticket price, and available in the designated lot across the street at RBG Centre. Please enter through the main doors of RBG Centre where a tunnel is available under Plains Road to Hendrie Park.
Hendrie Park is located along bus routes for Burlington Transit, with stops a short distance from the entrance. See Directions & Parking for more details.
All garden paths indicated on the map within the app are either paved, made of finely packed gravel, or over short stretches of grass. If accessing with a wheelchair / walker / stroller, an outdoor model is suggested. Some benches will be available for those who require them.
Accessible parking spaces are available outside RBG Centre. Visitors access the garden through RBG Centre, descending through the Atrium via stairs or an elevator.
If you have any further questions about accessibility at this event please contact us by phone (905-527-1158) or use the online form.
Pets & Service Animals
With the exception of service animals, personal dogs/cats/animals are not permitted at this event.
COVID-19 rights and responsibilities
Royal Botanical Gardens understands and respects the rights of all staff, volunteers, and event attendees to be protected from infectious diseases. Royal Botanical Gardens follows the public health and workplace safety measures and regulations as indicated by local public health units, local municipalities, and the Province of Ontario.
As such, event attendees are mandatorily required to adhere to the processes and policies that are put in place to mitigate effects of infectious diseases. Such processes and policies include, but are not limited to: face coverings, daily medical screening, and social distancing. It is the right of Royal Botanical Gardens to restrict the access to or remove from its events and properties any individual who does not adhere to such processes and policies.
By agreeing you understand the above statement and agree to its contents for yourself and those individuals attending the event with you.
Terms and Conditions
Tickets purchased to special exhibitions are final sale and non-refundable. Tickets can be transferred to someone else if you can no longer attend. Please keep your tickets and confirmation: it is proof of your purchase and allows entry into the exhibition.
COVID 19 Rights and Responsibilities: Royal Botanical Gardens understands and respects the rights of all staff, volunteers, and event attendees to be protected from infectious diseases. Royal Botanical Gardens follows the public health and workplace safety measures and regulations as indicated by local public health units, local municipalities, and the Province of Ontario. As such, guests are mandatorily required to adhere to the processes and policies that are put in place to mitigate effects of infectious diseases. Such processes and policies include, but are not limited to: face coverings, daily medical screening, and social distancing. It is the right of Royal Botanical Gardens to restrict the access to or remove from its events and properties any individual who does not adhere to such processes and policies. By agreeing you understand the above statement and agree to its contents for yourself and those individuals attending the exhibition with you.
Liability: RBG assumes no responsibility for loss or damage to property, or for personal injury or mishap; all activities are at the risk of the participant.
Filming/Photography Release: Please be advised that all photos, audio-video, and static images taken at this tour may be used for exhibit, reproduction, and/or distribution for RBG related promotional use, including all forms of print, television advertisement, social media and /or website display. In consideration of your participation as a guest or attendee of this event, you authorize Royal Botanical Gardens, its legal representatives, suppliers, invited media and assigns unrestricted right and permission to copyright and use such photos and images under their sole discretion. Royal Botanical Gardens, its legal representatives, suppliers, invited media and assigns are released without limitation of any claims for libel or invasion of privacy.
By purchasing tickets and participating in this tour on RBG properties, you are agreeing to the above release for yourself, and on behalf of your guests.